posted on Apr, 7 2020 @ 02:03 PM
originally posted by: chiefsmom
a reply to: rickymouse
Once in a while, they get the dried ones. but ours have a small run, in the pole barn for the winter, so I try to give them heads of cabbage, lettuce
and they will occasionally get a dead minnow, that gets tossed during the frenzy when we give them to the ducks. We have a heated bucket in there for
It's more fun to throw them in the duck pool in the summer though.
The people I know who raise them get the scrap cabbage from the store near them in the winter and the fruit and vegetable market in the spring along
with some other culled veggies and lettuces and clean the veggies to get rid of any bad stuff, then they rinse everything to make sure most of the
pesticides and other chemicals are off them. then give it to the chickens. The guy goes by those places almost every day so he goes in about twice a
week to get the stuff. There are a couple of other people who do the same thing, so three or four people take most of the waste veggies. there are
quite a few stores that do that for people around here, a service to the community which actually helps to reduce the garbage bill of the store.
They only buy one bag of meal worms in the winter, it is expensive to buy dried meal worms. I think she told me the bag was about thirty bucks.
Oyster shells is also something most people buy so you need to give them. Another friend I used to get eggs from until he quit when he got in his mid
sixties and his wife started having health problems used to give lots of oyster shell. You needed a sledgehammer to break into the shells sometimes
to get the egg out.
I used to take care of chickens when we had the farm when I was young, that was about fifty five years ago. I also helped my cousin on an egg farm a
couple of times, it was a pretty good size place. I had to use the light to check each egg to check for spots and double yolks then put them into the
cartons based on their size. She collected the eggs and put them into the automatic egg washer. It took about an hour a night to do eggs, I never
was there when they did the morning collection. They delivered to many stores, we bought the checks and dirties from them back in the seventies.
They delivered them to my mothers and stepfathers house once a week. They had good eggs, even though there were like four chickens to the cages. Not
really humane, but the chickens were well fed and looked happy, they knew no other life. We got chickens for soup from them too, too tough to roast,
but they sure made good soup.
edit on 7-4-2020 by rickymouse because: (no reason given)